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Perry on Power
"We don’t need to be subsidizing energy in any form or fashion," Gov. Rick Perry said during last week's presidential debate. Spit take time. It is little secret that Texas has always been financially supportive of the energy industry, and Perry's administration has been no different. In fact, he has helped usher plenty more incentives into place.

9:30AM Tue. Oct. 25, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Reefer Roundup: 10/21/11
This week we've got a way to meet Rob Lowe and help people in rehab, the majority of folks support pot, Rep. Lamar Smith's plan for global domination, the Obama administration's war on medi-pot, and vetoing hemp in California. Enjoy!

5:13PM Fri. Oct. 21, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

Jonathan Demme films Occupy Wall Street's march on Foley Square
'End the War, Tax the Rich, We're the 99'
It's not often that an Oscar-winning film maker covers a major social movement like the current Occupy demonstrations: But on Oct. 5 longtime Chronicle favorite Jonathan Demme was on hand to record the Occupy Wall Street protesters as they headed to Foley Square to express support for unions and workers around the world.

1:02PM Fri. Oct. 21, 2011 Read More | Comment »

From Baghdad to Bosque County
Texas politics can often be a battlefield for democracy: That could be why Dan Grant, an international affairs expert who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, feels comfortable throwing his hat in the ring to run for the new Congressional District 25.

12:41PM Thu. Oct. 20, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

The Romney Offensive
There is a certain desperation in some quarters about wanting to make Gov. Rick Perry remain a real contender in the GOP presidential race. As if sensing that urge amongst pundits, Perry's campaign adopted a new strategy for last night's CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate: If you can't win by the rules, just throw the rule book out.

11:48AM Wed. Oct. 19, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Anita Perry in Context
For most of her husband's administration, Anita Perry has been a cypher. That was true on the campaign trail too, until her recent rantings about her unemployed son. What makes it weird is that the governor's wife is actually a seasoned backroom political pro.

1:53PM Mon. Oct. 17, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Cleanup Versus Clean Out
No-one was arrested at the Occupy Austin protest last night. Nor was there any cleaning with power hoses. These facts are connected.

1:31PM Fri. Oct. 14, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

More WilCo Maneuvering in Morton Case
With Michael Morton finally out of prison, is Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley trying to pull the plug on an investigation into possible misconduct by his office? That depends on who you ask.

1:23PM Fri. Oct. 14, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

The New Tony Sanchez
Back in 2002, gubernatorial hopeful Tony Sanchez was the darling of the Democrats: A wealthy, amiable Hispanic businessman who was supposed to take out Gov. Rick Perry. Then he got under the first spotlight and adopted a 'deer in the headlights' pose from which he never emerged. Perry did the same thing at last night's GOP presidential debate.

2:27PM Wed. Oct. 12, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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